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Logistics provider Geodis Calberson appointed by LSA to handle its European distribution

Walk into any of the high quality stores in the major cities in the UK and you will find LSA handmade glass and porcelain tableware products established as one of the most popular luxury brands available.

Indeed stockists in this country include Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis, Conran Shop, Fenwick’s, Liberty and the House of Fraser to name but a few of the top store names who sell LSA products.

LSA’s focus has always been on the imaginative and contemporary with their Creative Director, Monika Lubkowska-Jonas, designing products for eating and drinking and enhancing interiors. Whilst LSA are most famous for their handmade glass, their porcelain tableware is also a key part of their development.

New product collections are launched in January and in the middle of the year and normally appear in shops in early Spring and from mid year.

Over the years LSA has developed a network of retailers stocking its products and today the LSA brand is sold in many places worldwide from design shops to neighbourhood gift shops.

Geodis Calberson, the UK division of the international logistics provider France-based Geodis, were appointed by LSA to handle its European distribution in December last year as LSA’s logistics requirements had outgrown the capability of its previous freight forwarder.

Since then Geodis Calberson has succeeded in cutting transit times by half to the same destinations as the previous freight forwarder, from five to six days to an average delivery time of two to three days.

The LSA products are shipped through Geodis Calberson’s Eurofirst daily pallet distribution service to 10 major European countries with key markets in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany and to all UK stores within the UK – through a next day pallet service. All this with one daily collection.

LSA are quite obviously delighted with the major improvement in reducing transit times. Jean-Marc Knoll, European Sales Manager of LSA commented "When our logistical requirements began to exceed the capability of our previous freight forwarder, we looked for an established company with an excellent reputation to offer us an extensive transport network covering 10 European countries at competitive prices. Christian Weber of Geodis was able to put together a comprehensive and uncomplicated haulage package perfectly adapted to our needs, and we have not looked back.

"As a result of working with Geodis, we are now able to offer a more frequent, reliable and faster service to our 1,500 customers across 10 European countries. Being able to concentrate on sales without having to worry about our logistical solutions has enabled us to stay ahead of our competitors. Geodis’ professional approach and excellent communication skills have enabled us to deal with any contentious issues rapidly and efficiently and, quite frankly, they are a pleasure to work with. We are indebted to Christian and the Geodis team for understanding our needs and working to them’

The 40-year-old Middlesex-based firm use the services of Geodis Calberson for its distribution needs across the UK and 10 European countries. Its market reach goes as far as Tokyo, Moscow and New York.

With high-value, fragile homeware and giftware items destined for hundreds of stockists across the UK and Europe, LSA International was looking for a reliable logistics firm which would deliver its goods safely, securely and on-time when it decided to change its distribution partner.

The firm approached Geodis Calberson as it was aware of its reputation delivering integrated supply chain solutions across 120 countries in all five continents.

Geodis UK managed to cut the transit times from the UK to various European destinations in moving LSA goods via the cross dock facility in Watford Gap. LSA are using the EUROFIRST and FORTEC service of GCUK and have a dedicated customer service team in High Wycombe who provides them with day to day help and KPI reports.

Indeed Geodis Calberson offers a bespoke Groupage service to UK customers. The Groupage Division provides a top-quality export service to Europe for upmarket brands and goods to the high-value consumer goods, fashion, healthcare and general industrial supplies sectors.

The services of Geodis Calberson Groupage Division are totally transparent. Groupage customers have access to unique online key performance indicators and individual event performance reports, re-inforcing the company’s 96 per cent-plus on-time delivery commitment.

Geodis Calberson has a UK network of 11 sites, 340 employees and 65 independent licensees in the Fortec Pallet Network, enabling it to provide transport and logistics solutions to a wide variety of businesses across the country.

Through its parent company Geodis, the international logistics solutions provider with 26,200 employees in 120 countries in all five continents, Geodis Calberson has global reach. This means that Geodis Calberson can offer customers a unique set of transport and logistics services encompassing all supply chain activities across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

The company serves many industries, including pharmaceutical and healthcare, luxury goods, hi-tech and multi-media, leisure, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and automotive as well as fashion and textile and wines and spirits.

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